Fostering Multiliteracy in the Diverse Classroom
Spanish (español) is a Romance language originally from the northern area of Spain. It is the official language of Spain, most Latin American countries and Equatorial Guinea. In total, twenty nations and several territories use Spanish as their primary language.
The language was spoken by roughly 364 million people worldwide in the year 2000, making Spanish the most popular Romance language and the second to fifth most spoken language by number of native speakers. It is estimated that the combined total of native and non-native Spanish speakers is 400–480 million, probably making it the third most spoken language by total number of speakers.
Spanish is also one of six official working languages of the United Nations and one of the most used global languages. It is spoken most extensively in the Americas, Spain and to a small extent in Africa and Asia Pacific. It is also the second most widely spoken language in the United States and arguably the most popular foreign language for study in US schools and Universities.
In this bilingual a-b-c book, gorillas strum guitars and pandas juggle papayas, as one by one the animals join in to create a rollicking fiesta. Infused with Latin American flavor, MARIMBA! is a fun-filled introduction to the Spanish language for the youngest picture book reader.
Information about the Spanish language:
IPA: /espa'ɲol/, /kaste'ʎano/
Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, Venezuela and a part of the population of Andorra, Belize and the United States.
Native: 364 million
2-5 (natively), 3 (total)
Official language of:
Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela.